Little Ol' Me

Smashion, the fashion social site where people sell and swap their favorite items, did a little feature on GFS (I love that I just branded myself! Ha!)

Check out the interview here!

Also, thank you KEY for all of your support of GFS and  SFAM!

And to keep this all in perspective. I will share you with an exchange I had with my brother. I randomly sent my little brother a link to my Smashion interview. I never send him anything about my blog because...well he is a guy and it's not on XBOX, so it doesn't matter to him.

I sent the link around 7am. At 7:22am, this was his reply...

My Sucker Brother: "This is what you think about when you wake up?"
Me: What else is there to think about?
My Sucker Brother: *crickets*

Winter Afoot

Happy Monday, ladies! Here's a rundown of my cas weekend attire (and can you spot my pup - aka Trouble - in some of these pics?):

Sweater: Per Una by Marks & Spencer (worn here before - similar here or -ish here)
Dress: Mossimo by Target tiered
Belt: Anthropologie looping lanes (thanks to Julie from the EA trade market - similar here)
Tights: Target
Shoes: Xhiliration by Target teanna
Necklace: Laila Rowe (similar-ish here)

Top: Anthropologie Splendid two story (on sale, check stores - similar here)
Jeans: Banana Republic classic skinny (worn here before - similar here)
Earrings: Target (similar here or here)
Shoes: Anthropologie raines / Seychelles ring in the new year (worn here before - similar here as a booty)

And this is why short Lisa can't wear wide-leg jeans ...

Top: J. Crew milliner tissue tee (worn here before - similar-ish here)
Sweater: J. Crew cielo ruffle (similar here or color here)
Jeans: Gap essential (similar here)
Shoes: Guess Lawri (worn here before - similar here or lux here)

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The lovely Anne sent me an e-mail last week asking if I could put together a few recs for cold-weather footwear essentials. Now, I know we've all got spring fever, but if you live anywhere north in the States (or San Francisco, apparently), you're either still covered or you know there's yet another snow storm or two in the horizon, so unfortunately many of you gals are not out of the cold foot trenches just yet. Plus now is the perfect time of year to invest in a few cold weather pieces at fantastic savings ... So here are my decidedly "un" expert ideas on what I consider essential winter footwear:

♣  The All-Weather Snow Boot: Gotta have a pair - that's all I can say. Traction. Warmth. Waterproof. My Ugg DeSotos have taken me through Christmas snowpocalypse in NYC faithfully - just make sure yours has the rugged sole like these. They stayed blissfully warm and dry through three hours of shoveling and several other hours of snow frolicking. Sorels also can't be beat - they got the fur!

♣  The Rain Boot: If you live in a warmer weather clime, puddle jumpers are essential footwear as winter precipitation is rain. I personally prefer classic styles but this the perfect style to play up some bold color or fun pattern. My big sis swears by her Burberrys, but my personal faves are Kamiks as the insoles are padded and they've got awesome traction.

♣  The Flat Boot: Wanna the footies completely covered, sublimely comfortable and still be stylish? Then flat boots are for you. There are literally thousands of options out there - my flats for fall included ones from Bed Stu and Anthro (why have I not purchased shoes from Anthro until this winter?) Frye and Madden also make reliable and stylish options - think classic styling, unique details like brass rivets or buckles, a versatile pair you can wear with anything.

♣  The Heeled Boot: This is another style with two million options, but I'd say opt for go-with-anything colors black and brown first. I especially love these ridonkulous hot Choos or Pradas, but I must admit to clomping around like a baby trucker elephant in my heeled boots, so I'd opt for brands like Born that make super-comfy stacked heels that still rock.

♣  The Bootie: This was my cold-weather go-to shoe when I needed the footie coverage but still wanted to rock a cute skirt or dress. I'm a newbie to booties so I only own a basic pair by Vince Camuto but I really dug the lace-up combats, like ones by Seychelles for a more urban look.

What do you gals think? What are your cold-weather foot essentials? What gets you through the winter?


i could hear you smiling
luxembourg was rad... seriously, i didnt want to leave, none of us did, but sadly we had to load the van and leave after tubelord had finished their set. we drove all night, and eventually stopped in the alps at around 8am, and slept some. i woke around 11, the mountains out the window, light snowfall, the smell of toms arse, and kirks penis smiling at me. great. we arrived in Milan in time to load in and soundcheck. i can't say how happy i was to check into the hotel, this place is plush. the rest of the tour is riddled with long drives like the last one. GEEEEYOHHMMMM

Oscar Party!

The girls and I decided to blow off the Oscars this year to just stay home and have our own Oscar party. You know, to be low key ;)

Getting Bella ready for her big night...
(i have a treatment in my hair, that's why it looks so greasy)

On the super exclusive brown carpet. The paparazzi was insane!
(my dress is Lanvin for H&M, Leah's is vintage)

The shoes!!
 (YSL, Bordello, DSquared2)

Leah took home the Oscar for Best Hair and Makeup

I won for Best Shoes, a new category this year ;)

Bella (8) swept the Oscars with Best Actress, Best Director, Best Song, Best Cinematography, and Cutiest Cutie Pie. Congrats!

 We were all so honored!

Bella couldn't contain her emotion

Leah, usually reserved, shed tears of joy!

And I'm a total ham.

Damien, Leah's very talented son, made our awesome Oscar statue but wanted nothing to do with our silly girly photo sesh.

Thank you, and goodnight!

Christ Chic: 80's Revival!

I can't decide if I look more like Shug Avery from The Color Purple...

or an extra in a Lionel Richie video...

Specifically the "All Night Long" video.

I think it's the ruffles:)

Vintage Dress gifted from Juanette
Jessica Simpson Heels
Vintage clutch

Or an extra in this video, YOU decide!

Don't forget to shop SFAM!

And the Winner Is...

Since 2002 Stuart Weitzman, Founder and Designer behind Stuart Weitzman shoes has been creating shoes exclusive for the Oscars called "The Red Carpet Collection". The 2011 collection features over 35 elegant styles for celebrities and their stylists to choose from. Celebrities that have been seen sporting these gorgeous designs this awards season include Jewel, Norah Jones, Julianne Hough, Christina Hendricks and Julia Stiles. Following the Oscars, select styles from the collection will be available for purchase in the fall 0f 2011 at the Stuart Weitzman retail store on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills.

Recently, I had the unique opportunity to ask the man himself a few questions about this endeavor.

AGGTS: I know you've been designing shoes exclusively for the Oscar Red Carpet since 2002, what triggered the idea?

Stuart Weitzman: We call it our Red Carpet Collection. The celebrities and stylists are our most discerning customers, so I thought that I should give them a sneak peak at what is to come for Fall. The shoes are always new, fresh styles that the public has not yet seen.

AGGTS: What was the inspiration behind this year's collection?

Stuart Weitzman: I was inspired by simplicity and throw-back glamour. You'll notice that the silhouettes are simple but what makes them so beautiful are the materials we've done them in.

AGGTS: What red carpet trends are you loving this season?

Stuart Weitzman: I'm loving the extreme platforms. They don't raise the pitch, but they still give a nice lift.

AGGTS: What types of trends in shoes do you see most actresses gravitating towards?

Stuart Weitzman: The extreme platforms. The women love to be tall, and the added height can also be used for practical purposes, such as if she's wearing a sweeping gown.

AGGTS: Who do you think will earn this year's best actress nod?

Stuart Weitzman: I think Natalie Portman will win.

The Floppy Hat

Neat Freaks?


It is commonly thought that people who insist on shoes-off in their homes are neat freaks who are obsessed with keeping their homes clean and tidy.

I dare say that there are some people who prefer shoes-off who are genuine neat freaks. And those who are Obsessive-Compulsive about cleanliness may well be among the shoes-off community.

Of course this is culturally relative. In Japan it is thought that money is dirty and unhygeinic because it is handled by untold numbers of people. Japanese people also regard any objects placed in bathrooms, such as books or ornaments to be 'dirty'. A person in a western society who held such attitudes would almost certainly be regarded as Obsessive-Compulsive.

I have known a number of people who really were excessive in their desire to keep their homes clean. Interestingly, these people did not require visitors to remove their shoes. I suspect that they probably spent so much time in cleaning their homes that they were happy to waste time cleaning up after their visitors.

Many people who keep their homes shoe-free are not domestic goddesses who like nothing better than spending whole days doing spring cleaning. Rather, they are busy working people who have far better things to do. They do not want to clean up for the sake of it, but they know that living in a clean environment is healthier and far more pleasent. Knowing that time is precious they would rather keep the mess to the minimum and spend as little time as possible cleaning up after their visitors. Prevention is better than cure.

Nobody needs a house that is spotless, but it is pointless to allow dirt and dust to accumulate when it could easily be kept out by leaving shoes at the door. A floor is meant to be walked upon, but that does not mean that one should not reduce wear and tear and save time and money.

seth! what you playing at?

just arrived in Luxembourg. after we play tonight, we are leaving for Milan. yes, the routing for this tour is a little crazy. we are finished in germany now, and are gradually heading south for spain. apparently, we might be in the alps come sun rise.
last night i sold out of 'don't blame yourself, it's in your blood'. that's it. no more. gonna sort something out with Nev BSM, and it will be sold as an MP3 bundle from here on out.

hotel television



Thanks to Francie Bosley for arranging for shoes to get to the Hope for Orphans Rehabilitation Center near Rui, Kenya. This village is about 25 kilometers east of the capital of Nairobi. According to Francie, the adults in Rui walk between 5-7K a day to get to work.

Acapulco Gold Angry Lo Bear

Another Kind of Green

I wore this earlier in the week when the weather was warm and sunny - but my bare legs and toes still got a bit of the chills from all that hibernating! This outift was assembled for JG's Inspiring Interpretations post - check it out here!

Top: J. Crew merino scoopneck (worn here before - similar here)
Tank: H&M
Skirt: Anthropologie Blue Robin twilit (worn here before - similar here or here)
Belt: Anthropologie city safari (worn here before - similar-ish here)
Shoes: Keds spright (worn here before - similar here or here or patent here)
Necklace lucie0ellen via Etsy (worn here before)

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I think word is already getting around, but I am so so proud that we have a full-blown author in our fashion blogging midsts now! Lisa's first book, Confessions of a Call Center Gal, is now in print and on sale on Amazon! Check out Lisa's blog here or her book here!

From one Lisa to another, here's a big bubbly virtual champagne toast in your honor!

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And what other nice way to start thinking about the weekend than to check out some of the cool giveaways of the week:

  Lauren Nicole Gifts is giving away a heart pendant. Contest ends today.

★  Collette from Statements in Fashion is giving away a $50 gift certificate to ModCloth. Contest ends February 27.

★  Elaine from I'm clothed much. is giving away a $25 credit to Smashion. Contest ends February 27.

★  Peggy from She Had Done What She Could is giving away jewelry from the Temple St. Clair for Target line - submit your best Target outfit by February 27 and readers get to vote for the winner the next day.

★  Roxy from Effortless Anthropologie is giving away a camelia sweater from liaMolly. Contest ends February 27.

  Delightfully Tacky is giving away a pair of baku wedges from Blowfish. Contest ends February 27.

★  Audrey from Audrey Allure is giving away a $100 gift certificate to LuLu's. Contest ends February 28.

★  Maria from Lulu Letty is giving away a $30 credit to An Eye for Vintage. Contest ends February 28.

  BonBon Rose Girls is giving away a pair of show clips from Hot Magnets. Contest ends March 1.

★  Sandy from Sandy a la Mode is giving away a $30 credit to For The Love Of Joy, a hand-made crafts shop. Contest ends March 1.

★  Lynzy from Sparkling Footsteps is giving away an octopus ring from Egokitten. Contest ends March 2.

★  Jinah from bonjour it's jinah! is giving away a $100 gift certificate to ShopBop. Contest ends March 2.

  Fashionable Academics is giving away the north shore dress by Shabby Apple. Contest ends March 3.

★  Kim from Anthroholic is also giving away a $100 gift certificate to ShopBop. Contest ends March 4.

★  Sarah from You, Me & Anthropologie is giving away a $50 gift card to either Anthropologie or J. Crew in celebration of her birthday. Contest ends March 6.

★  Melissa from A Working Mom's Closet is giving away another chance to win a $100 gift certificate to ShopBop. Contest ends March 6.

★  Maria from Infinite Whimsy is giving away a $50 gift certificate to Apothica. Contest ends ?

A ton of other great giveaways are still open for winning, check out last week's post here!

The Pinot Grigio

Mmmm, pinot grigio is probably my favorite white grape variety. I was thrilled to open the box and find this. I brought this over to my good friend/hairstylist's apartment for a night of hair stylin and a feast of Indian food. Wine, a new hair style, Indian food - sound's like the perfect night doesn't it?

We cracked open the bottle and found the delicate touch of sweetness paired perfectly with our spice filled feast. Notes of bright tropical citrus fruit tickled our taste buds and this wine was deemed a pleasantly fresh and wonderful addition to our evening. I will be adding flipflop pinot grigio to my regular rotation, especially come summer. It is ideal for sipping poolside.

Perhaps, while wearing these...